Mobile devices have made it easier for business owners to transact business while on the go. However, mobile devices have an inherent risk to them.
For one, nobody has much experience with the use of these devices. For instance, the world has had over half a century to secure the PC. In spite of this, PC security is still a major challenge in the world. The truth is that there has not been enough cumulative experience in the world to secure mobile devices. However, there are some measures that one can take to guarantee the security of their mobile device.
1. Encrypt Your Data
Most people who use mobile devices usually install a short pin or use a pattern to secure their device. In addition, the use of a fingerprint to unlock the device is commonplace. These measures are not enough to secure your device. In short, you need to do something beyond just installing a lock on your phone. An experienced hacker could get past such measures quite easily. What you need to do is to make sure that data within the device is secured. It is achieved by encrypting the device. As a result, if you lose the device, a hacker will have a hard time getting to your data. It will give you the opportunity to take any emergency measures. Most thieves will tend to give up if they find that data is encrypted using a suitable software.
2. Consider the Apps You Install
Most apps that your device uses will be free. It can especially be the case if you use an best Android devices. As a result, you may try to download every app you come across especially if you have access to reliable Wi-Fi. However, you should note that some of these apps can leak data from your device. It can compromise how well your company performs if competitors get hold of your trade secrets. You should always check for the permissions that an app requests before you install it. In addition, there are some tools you can purchase to help you with this task. They alert you if an app is likely to leak data from your device.
3. Keep It Updated
Unlike Android device, iOS-based mobile devices tend to receive updates on a regular basis. However, Android devices can also be quite secure if you conduct upgrades when requested to do so. Never ignore an update when the device requests you to do so. In fact, it is best for you to set the device to receive updates automatically. In that way, you can avoid being exposed to potential security threats. Hackers are always trying to develop new methods to steal your data. As a result, mobile device manufacturers have to work tirelessly to seal any loopholes that are revealed.
4. Avoid Sharing Your Device
In the modern world, it can be quite hard to trust anyone. In most cases, never give your device to anyone unless it is necessary. For instance, avoid giving strangers your phone, especially if you deal with sensitive data. In most cases, all they need to do is click on a link in your mailbox and the device becomes exposed; it is the easiest way for someone to steal all of our company’s secrets. Although it might earn you a few frowns, it is best if you know that you are the only one who accesses your phone at all times. Discourage people from using your phone any longer if you were already giving it out.
5. Disable the Bluetooth Capabilities
Bluetooth is another method that has become popular with hackers. It allows them to pair with you device and leak data from your phone. Only switch on the Bluetooth pairing feature when you are in a secure area. Avoid using it if you are in a public area. At times, a random hacker looking for someone to target may use it to steal sensitive data from you.
6. Choose Wi-Fi Carefully
Most hotels and airports tend to offer free Wi-Fi. However, this type of Wi-Fi can be quite insecure at times. For one, most public Wi-Fi is usually poorly maintained. In addition, hackers know that people love freebies. It means that they can set up their own free Wi-Fi in the public area to steal data. Always ensure that you seek the genuine name of the Wi-Fi network and the password before you start using it.
7. Use Remote Wiping
If you lose your phone, this is the easiest way to ensure that you are still safe. In most cases, you should not first worry about the economic loss you have suffered. You should think about what could potentially go wrong if a criminal get holds of sensitive data. For instance, they could get your credit card details and other such data from the phone. Make sure you have a reliable data wiping mechanism to keep you safe. It ensures that a criminal cannot access any of your sensitive data.
Another important point that you ought to keep in mind is the use of data backup. It is especially important if you have installed remote wiping. It ensures that all of your contacts and other files are still available after your phone is gone.
David Gomes completed his M.S Professional degree in California Institute of Technology. He lives in Oakland, California, USA. He loves to write on a variety of topics such as joint health, weight loss, beauty and skin care for blogs and on-line publication sites. He also loves latest technology, gadgets. You can connect with him on Google+ and Twitter.